June 14, 1930 – December 21, 2018
The family of Alf Bawtree regret to announce his passing on the 21st of December 2018.
Born on June 14th, 1930, to Harold and Caroline Bawtree of Ashton Creek BC, Alf was the youngest of six children; Phyllis May (Cec), Edith Bawtree, Leonard Bawtree (Ruth), Jean Cleator (Bob), Noelle Bieber (Clarence). He grew up working on the family’s mixed dairy farm and in the bush cutting poles and ties with family and neighbours. After completing high school, he attended UBC where he received, in 1952, a BSA (Animal Husbandry) which led to a career and lifelong passion for grasslands and range management. He was well respected as a rangeland specialist receiving several recognition awards for his efforts. He remained involved in both professional and non-professional associations promoting education in the field, particularly in natural resource science.
Alf moved to Kamloops where he met Kathleen (Kay) Mary Sutherland and they were married in 1960. Alf and Kay raised 2 sons Hugh and Bruce. Alf was always active and encouraged and helped his sons and others to play soccer and hockey. Alf and Kay were also very involved in the Kamloops Outdoor Club and the Naturalists Club and were recognized for their knowledge of wild plants. Later Alf joined the Vintage Car Club after the purchase of a 1932 Rockne. After retiring in 1988 they moved to Magna Bay and onto a property they had purchased earlier. Alf and Kay were always community minded and were involved with many groups including St. David’s Church and the Lakeview Community Centre.
Alf was predeceased by Kay in 2014. He is survived by his sister-in-law Ruth Bawtree, sons Hugh Bawtree (Kathie Aitken), Bruce Bawtree, grandchildren Morgan Bawtree, Janell Bawtree, Kirsten Bawtree, and many nieces and nephews.
A service is planned for March 23rd.